Open Call: Urban Changers for International Training in Vienna
The overall goal the ‘Spatial Justice’ project is to engage, empower and enable youth, to lead sustainable actions in the process of transformation of peripheral areas into liveable areas through sharing good practices, innovative tools, and methods. Through the consortium of 6 partners from 5 countries in Western Balkans and EU, there will be mediums and opportunities to exchange experiences and knowledge, and on a longer term, create grounds for future initiatives and collaborations. The indicated set of activities are tailored to deliver a concrete impact from the perspective of youth workers, urban advisors as well as youths from peripheral areas for the purposes of ensuring them a greater inclusion in the informal settlement upgrading process through the development of new innovative urban games.
The project aims to identify young professionals in each country, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Slovenia and Austria, that through a consistent engagement, will become key actors in their local environments, become URBAN CHANGERS. Each organization of the consortium will select 4 urban changers, who will be part of the entire process. Urban Changers from each country will be engaged in exchanging good practices from program countries in the urban design, revitalization of peripheral areas, advocacy, and participation for peripheral revitalization. The methodology used during the training events will be non-formal training method, study visit, exchange of best practices.
The main objectives are:
- Development of high-quality profiles of urban advisors with the acquisition of capacities to engage a transversal audience of targets (young people living in peripheral areas) in a differentiated programme practice providing urban enhancement methods and the development of skills with a transversal relevance in all dimensions of life.
- Acquisition of practical experience and measurable results in the use of urban gamification as a tool of work with young people.
- Motivation to cooperate with the consortium in further follow-up of the project at the local or European levels.
International Training in Vienna
The journey of these Urban Changers will start by an International Training taking place in Vienna, Austria, aiming at empowering young professionals, potential urban advisors with competencies related to empowering and engaging rural youth in scaling up upgrading of peripheral areas through bottom-up process. This training is framed as “training the trainers”, which includes study trips in the city of Vienna, learning and discussing on models of reclaiming vacant spaces and brainstorming on public space, re-use, revitalization, placemaking, etc. The international training will be a 3 full day program, taking place on September 6-10th, 2022 (including travelling days), which will be hosted by Wonderland – Platform for European Architecture.
Throughout the Spatial Justice project, there will a be a gamification toolkit designed and compiled by the researchers of the partner NGOs and urban changers , a methodology of participatory design in rethinking spaces, which will be implemented in each partner country with respective local youth. During the international event, the young urban changers will be introduced to this methodology and provide additional inputs on the design of the gamification tool.
More detailed information on the activities and training format, you may find in the document attached here.
They will be the coaches that will lead the local activities in respective countries involving youth in suburban and peripheral areas, that involve 7 days of implementing the gamification toolkit with the local youth. These activities aim to introduce innovative ways of recreating space and motive youth through participation.
Participants from Albania will be leading the activities in sub-urban and peripheral areas in Shkoder, facilitated by GO2.
The call is opened for young professionals from Albania. Urban Changers must be between 18 and 30 years old, interested in urban design and revitalization for urban, sub-urban and/or peripheral areas, social sciences, development economy, etc. Youth workers/urban advisors will be empowered with competencies related to empowering and engaging rural youth in scaling up upgrading of peripheral areas through bottom-up approach.
Documents you need to submit for application are as follows:
- A motivation letter where you elaborate you interest in this training and the following engagement.
- Curriculum Vitae
You may submit your application until August 3rd, 2022, via email email@example.com
Costs of travel and full board for participants will be covered by GO2. Participants are responsible for covering the costs of necessary documents following the Covid-19 travel restrictions.
Please feel free to contact us at our email address should you have any question.
Spatial Justice is an Erasmus + Project implemented by Wonderland, Step Institute, ETMI, GO2, New Horizon, REIC. This project is co-funded by the European Union.